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Peter fell down at Jesus' feet being under conviction in Luke 5:1-8. He heard Jesus before, but this time after seeing Him matching His words with works Peter confesses he is a man of unclean lips. Conviction must come before conversion. A sick man is let down before Jesus' feet in Luke 5:16-20. His power was present to heal all and it still is today. The religious leaders present would not bow to His authority. They came to debate, not to be taught. They came to discredit. We see here that miracles do not always produce faith.
A father keels at Jesus' feet in Matthew 17:14-16. We need more praying fathers today. He kneels out of concern. Perhaps some of our prayers go unanswered because of a lack of humility, reverence, or faith. Perhaps we are too demanding or we come arguing and doubting. This father came to the right person. Verse 20 is missing in many Bibles, but not in the KJV. It is a precious promise for the hard cases. Satan would not like you to have it.
Last of all, Mary sat at His feet in contentment in Luke 10:38-42. The duties of the kitchen could wait while Jesus was teaching in the other room. The bread in the oven could wait while the manna from Heaven was falling in the living room. One day every knee will bow either in judgment or in mercy. Why not do it now in mercy?
~ Pastor Steve Janke, Community Baptist Church, Garfield, NJ - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
It seems that in every age there is the temptation to over emphasize the seeking of material wealth. We do notice, however, that it does not say that "money is the root of all evil," but the wrong attitude toward it, the love of it, was the root of all evil. My first thought was, "How can this be?" Then I was made to realize that to love money was to falter, fail, or fall from faith. We read two other key verses about faith: Romans 14:23 and Hebrews 11:6. We then realize that
Read: I Timothy 6:9-12
The best place to be for blessing and contentment is at Jesus' feet. Those who did kneel before the Lord recognized His person and position as God in the flesh. They also recognized their own unworthiness. If you recall, Satan tried to get Jesus to kneel before him in Matthew 4:1-10. This would have been impossible because God is the bestower of blessings and not the other way around.
the spiritual storms they would face. In His great exhortation, Jesus was telling them to find peace in the coming storms by trusting in His words. These promises of the coming Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and that He would overcome the world was the storm shelter they were to step into by faith, trusting He would bring them through.
We will find no greater peace or place of safety in the storms of life better than the storm shelter of trust. Our trust has to be in the Word, the Promises of God, as we trust Him by faith and realize that He is our only peace for this life. If you are trying to find peace in your ability, your religious ideas, your access to drugs or a host of faulty and worldly shelters, you will find destruction in your life.
I heard about an artist who was to paint a picture of peace for a wealthy individual. When the painting was complete, the picture was that of a dark storm with heavy clouds and fierce winds. The one who ordered the painting said, "I wanted a picture of peace, not a storm." The artist pointed up to a place in the cliff where a little bird was at peace in the safety of the rocks. Trust Jesus as your shelter in the storms.
~ Evangelist Steven H. Ostten, Southwest Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Matthew 15:29-31
On May 31, 2013, my wife and I along with nine neighbors were secure in the safety of our storm cellar. El Reno, OK was experiencing the widest tornado recorded in North America at 2.6 miles wide. With fierce winds and softball sized hail, this storm brought death and destruction around us. Although our home was spared, there were others who suffered much worse.
While leaving the upper room nearing the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus continued to encourage His disciples with His words. Judas had already left to gather those soldiers to arrest Jesus. He was telling them of the coming of His crucifixion, the tribulation to follow and the difficulty of the
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it is not money that is the sin, but, according to verse 17 of I Timothy 6, that it is the trusting on uncertain riches, putting our faith in material wealth, and not in the living God that causes the erring; falling from, or have failing faith. Our Lord prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:32).
The second thing worthy of mention is in verse 11 where Paul lists six things Timothy was to "follow after." We will only deal with faith. It would appear that the teaching here is that what is to be sought, pursued or desired are those things that are obtained by faith. That pleases God!
The third aspect of consideration here is that he was to "Fight the good fight of faith." To live, walk and work for the Lord is all to be of, by, and through faith. I find that this requires a constant struggle. Satan desires to sift us as wheat and rob us of the blessings of God by defeating us in the matter of faith, and in our trusting God. Let us heed this instruction and not falter, but follow after and fight the good fight of faith.
~ Missionary Paul Mohler, Faith Baptist Church, Spokane, MO- From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide